My apologies to our readers who have been anxiously awaiting new pictures and updates over the past week. Six out of seven of us have been laid low by the flu for the entire week and we are finally starting to feel a bit better. I managed to post some photos this morning, although they aren't as playful as I would like them to be. Enjoy!
The bunnies have passed the six week mark and will begin to be weaned on Friday. It is a time for growth and change for the young ones, as we prepare them for life with their new families. We have decided to hold on to Blueberry's little tort doe for the time being to see how she grows. She is a bit on the rambunctious side, but it's always fun to have a few characters hopping around and keeping things lively. :)
After waiting so patiently for his new home, our last little black buck went home today! We will miss his sweet, gentle presence very much, but he deserved to be a special bunny for a special person. Kim A. was the answer to our prayers when she responded to our Hoobly.com ad. As we read through her emails and questionnaire, we knew she was the right person for him. When we placed him in her arms today, Little Man just nuzzled right in and his face told us that he had found his home. May they be blessed with much love and happiness together. :)
There are hopefully bred does in the house, but I'm not naming names and I'm not telling when possible babies are due. You will just have to keep checking back to see what's happening at Hot Cross Buns. :)
It looks like the nest boxes will be remaining empty until sometime in April or even later. Neither Charlotte nor Gladys gave birth overnight, and their behavior hasn't changed. They are both acting like their non-pregnant selves. While this is disappointing, it can happen.
The upside of this is that I will have more time to work on finding our last little buck just the right home. He is currently living in his solid bottomed cage in our living room, with frequent playtimes in the room itself. I cannot say enough nice things about his sweet, gentle temperament. As he grows out, he is looking like a nicely typed little buck, so he may be offered with his pedigree. I am considering holding off on further breeding until he has been placed in his forever home, as that would be the most responsible course of action to take for a small rabbitry with limited space. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please let them know about this handsome little buck.
So this is Day 32 of Charlotte's and Gladys' pregnancies. Does usually kindle (give birth) on Day 30. Plum Bun actually delivered her litter on Day 33, so variations do occur. I have to keep reminding myself of the saying: The watched pot never boils. The girls are the teapots and I am waiting for them to boil. Of course there remains the possibility that neither of them conceived, in which case they will need to be rebred to try for kits next month. Sometimes the watched pot turns out to be an empty pot.
I must say that I am still praying and hoping for fat, healthy kits to be born at some point today. :)
Charlotte and Gladys are being quirky mamas-to-be. Neither has really built a nest in her nest box. Charlotte keeps flinging her straw and hay all over her flat-bottomed cage. I keep dutifully cleaning it all up and she flings it out again like it's confetti. Silly bun.
Gladys is looking very serious and quiet much of the time. This will be her first litter, so she may or may not be successful in having healthy, living kits. She put her fleece blanket in her nest box, but that's about all the effort she put into nesting.
They were both officially due yesterday, so after waiting most of the day for any sign of progress, we went ahead and gave them some fresh kale to munch. Kale is supposed to be helpful in starting bunny labor, so we are praying for live bunnies by morning.
In the meantime, a storm in brewing in our little corner of the world, so perhaps they are waiting to be blizzard babies. :)
Blueberry Muffin's babies invited Apple Jane's kit over for a play date this morning and fun was had by all.
Muffin Man, now named Cooper, went home with his great new family on Monday evening. As soon as he met Becky M. and her daughter Joy, he was in love. We are so happy that little Cooper is going to be a happy, adored little boy with a caring family to call his very own.
Now to find a home for our last little buck. Our youngest has been calling him "Hermie" for whatever reason. Hermie is a sweet, lower energy little guy who will make the perfect pet bunny for some one. We are praying for that family to contact us very soon. We give him lots of love and attention, but it's not the same as being loved on by your own forever family. Here's an updated picture we took this morning. He looks like he's praying for his new family, too, doesn't he? He was actually washing his wee little face, but looks so sweet doing it. Many more pictures of him are on the Available Bunnies page.
Two of my children and I had the opportunity to take Licorice to his new classroom home this morning. We were greeted by so many excited people, children and adults alike. Everyone seemed to be genuinely happy about Licorice becoming a part of their lives. The students in Ms. Popelka's 5th grade class are bright, hard-working, kind young people. We were very impressed with how much time and effort they put into planning for Licorice's arrival. They had made homemade toys, typed up lists of questions for us to answer, written a special prayer of blessing for him, and even designed his own castle playhouse! We were so touched by the love and gentleness they have in their hearts. We have even been invited back to spend some more time getting to know them and to see how Licorice is getting along. We can hardly wait! Thank you all so much for the warm welcome and the love we know Licorice is going to receive from each and every one of you. Enjoy your bunny!
Amy is the Big Bunny at the Hot Cross Buns Holland Lop Rabbitry. She manages the furry bunnies as well as her own brood of five kits, with the help of her incredibly patient husband of nineteen years. Hot Cross Hoppenings will be a journal of our adventures in Holland Lop life.